Events & Registration:
Young Composers Contest

Contest Eligibility
  • Students must study with a music teacher.
  • NCMTA Teachers must hold current membership with NCMTA.
  • Non-Member Teacher Fee is $50.00.
  • The teacher, the student or the place of instruction must be located in North Carolina.

Composition Manuscript
  • Each student may enter only one (1) composition. (No staples, please!)
  • Each composition must be at least 16 measures in length, and must be in the composer’s handwriting or in the form of a computer printout, produced by the composer. A fully realized score is required.
  • The composition should be written for no more than 9 performers.
  • Measures should be numbered at the beginning of each system.
  • Each page should be labeled with the student’s name and category (Elementary, Junior, Senior or Young Artist)
  • The teacher’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  • Students are encouraged to design or illustrate a title page (with title and student’s name). The title page (which will not be judged) should be 8 x 11 size.

Entrant Information (Student’s Age as of January 1 of current year)
Elementary Fee (Ages 5-10) $20.00 Maximum time 3 minutes
Junior Fee (Ages 11-14) $25.00 Maximum time 3 minutes
Senior Fee (Ages 15-18) $30.00 Maximum time 5 minutes
Young Artist Fee (Ages 19-26) $35.00 Maximum time 7 minutes

Composition Submission
  • Students must enter a different piece from the MTNA Composition Competition.
  • All 1st place winners must progress to the next category.
  • A CD Recording is required for each entry.
  • No changes may be made after submitting the composition.
  • Each student should keep a copy of his or her manuscript.
  • Include a SASE with proper postage for the return of manuscript and CD.
  • NCMTA is not responsible for materials lost in the mail.

  • The compositions will be adjudicated by one judge.
  • The judge may determine winners: (1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, HM)

State Conference Composition Recital
  • The State Conference Composition Recital will host performances of the winning compositions. Memory is not required, but the performance must be well prepared.
  • Winners are responsible for providing performers for the recital.
  • The student’s manuscript will be on display during the recital, and it should be retrieved (with the CD) at the close of the recital.